I AM LOST TO THE WORLD

 

For the New Year: a beautiful song by Gustav Mahler to words by Friedrich Rückert.

Sometimes it is sung (and heard) as depressed and full of angst—but think of it as a beautiful renunciation of distraction.

Mahler reused some of the music in “The Song of the Earth.”

 

Here are some performances. Choose one—or all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11mfvRIKgUA

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoZSJ6q5j_s

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3MMEseZ2Fs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0ZFTqifXM

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb2BcR_eEQg



Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,
Mit der ich sonst viele Zeit verdorben,
Sie hat so lange nichts von mir vernommen,
Sie mag wohl glauben, ich sei gestorben!

Es ist mir auch gar nichts daran gelegen,
Ob sie mich für gestorben hält,
Ich kann auch gar nichts sagen dagegen,
Denn wirklich bin ich gestorben der Welt.

Ich bin gestorben dem Weltgetümmel,
Und ruh’ in einem stillen Gebiet!
Ich leb’ allein in meinem Himmel,
In meinem Lieben, in meinem Lied!

I am lost to the world
with which I used to waste so much time.
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world’s tumult,
and I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love, and in my song!

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